“Thousands of pet cats in Beijing are being abandoned by their owners and sent to die in secretive government pounds as China mounts an aggressive drive to clean up the capital in preparation for the Olympic Games.
Hundreds of cats a day are being rounded and crammed into cages so small they cannot even turn around.
Then they are trucked to what animal welfare groups describe as death camps on the edges of the city.
The cull comes in the wake of a government campaign warning of the diseases cats carry and ordering residents to help clear the streets of them.
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Animal welfare groups in China are already protesting, but their members fear punishment from the authorities.
Officials say people can adopt animals from the 12 cat pounds set up around the city, but welfare groups say they are almost impossible to get inside and believe few cats survive.
One cat lovers’ group negotiated the release of 30 pets from one of the compounds in Shahe, north-west Beijing, but said they were in such a pitiful condition that half of them died within days of their release.
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Cat owners, terrified by the disease warning, are dumping their pets in the streets to be picked up by special collection teams.
Paranoia is so intense that six stray cats -including two pregnant females – were beaten to death with sticks by teachers at a Beijing kindergarten, who feared they might pass illnesses to the children.
China’s leaders are convinced that animals pose a serious urban health risk and may have contributed to the outbreak of SARS – a deadly respiratory virus – in 2003.
But the crackdown on cats is seen by animal campaigners as just one of a number of extreme measures being taken by communist leaders to ensure that its capital appears clean, green and welcoming during the Olympics.”
Well, it looks as if the Chinese authorities are moving on to cut down on “cat rights”. Doesn’t surprise me, because the status of human rights is probably so bad, that they needed somebody else to treat badly to have something to do.
It’s ironic, because they blame the poor cats for spreading disease, yet I can tell you for sure that once all the cats are gone, well the city is gonna face a MASS INVASION of rats and mice, and those are notorious for spreading A LOT of diseases. Cats are experts at keeping these out of major cities. Cats you could easily pick up and vaccinate, and then let him or her go back to policing rats.
Again, if the issues of repressed civil liberties and human rights in China did not convince you, to boycott the Beijing 2008 Olympics, in whatever way you can, then I’d hope cat genocide will!!:
All of the poor cats in the above picture are most likely all dead when you see this. What a horribly undeserved fate!
I believe in guardian angels in a symbolic sense, look at this:
“Retired doctor Hu Yuan, 80, runs one of the few remaining refuges for abandoned pets in her ramshackle home in the ancient Long Tou Jing area of Beijing.
She shares her tiny home with 250 abandoned cats and has taken in 70 over the past 12 months alone.
She pays for neutering and food from her pension and donations. She said: “If I don’t take them in, the government will kill them.
“People believe what the government tells them and that is why they are abandoning more and more family pets.”
She said the problem could be traced back to former president Jiang Zemin for the crackdown.
“He didn’t like dogs so he decided to have dogs killed. But there was a bad reaction from the foreign media and they were pressured to stop.
“Now they have stopped killing dogs but the new victims are cats. It is all connected to the Olympics.”
Cats are regularly dumped on her doorstep late at night by owners frightened by the government campaign.
“The situation is very bad now,” said Ms Hu. “When women get pregnant, the doctor will ask them if they have a cat in the house.
“If they reply Yes, they tell them, ‘You must get rid of it, it will be bad for the baby’.
“I keep all the cats in my house and 100 of them sleep in my bedroom at night. I am too frightened to let them out. If they go outside, they will be taken away and killed.
“The government is not telling people the truth. Look at me. I live with them 24 hours a day, seven days a week and I am very healthy.”
I don’t know what to call that but the work of a true guardian angel!
I swear someday that Maoist regime shall fall! And then hopefully freedom for literally everyone in China will reign.